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Calendar of Events

The following cultural events and lectures are open to the public and, unless marked with a “$,” are free. Please check for up-to-date changes.

January 30 – Women Writers Deadline
Women writers in Southern Maryland, submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 30 for the 17th annual Women Writers Reading to be held 8 p.m. April 3 in Daugherty Palmer Commons. This event provides a forum for women to join in a celebration of women’s literary voices. Send entry to Jennifer Cognard-Black, 2009 Women Writers Reading, Montgomery Hall, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 East Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686-3001 or or No more than three typed pages of poetry or 3,000 words of prose. Separate cover page with the piece’s name, your name, address, e-mail, phone number, and a brief biographical note.

February 2 – Film and Lecture
Filmmaker Michelle Citron will screen and discuss her films, including the internationally-acclaimed “Daughter Rite.” Citron’s visit is part of the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies’ film series on the home movie. Cole Cinema, Campus Center, 8 p.m.

February 4 – Art DiscussionPlacing Color Panel explores painting as both a place of action and a destination, 4:30 p.m., Boyden Gallery, Montgomery Hall. Panelists include experts in art history, physics, anthropology, philosophy, and psychology. This is part of the ongoing “Placing Color” exhibit at the gallery which ends Feb. 28.

February 5 – Concert
The Enchanted Piano with Eliza Garth. Music from an amplified piano withelectronics. Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

February 9 – Film and Lecture
Daniel ReevesFilmmaker Daniel Reeves will screen and discuss his film, “Obsessive Becoming.” Reeves’ visit is part of the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies’ film series on the home movie. Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

February 9 – Lecture
“Is Health Care a Human Right?” In the world’s richest nation, 20,000 people die every year of treatable diseases because they can’t afford medical care. All other developed countries provide universal medical coverage – and spend far less than the U.S. does on health care. What is their secret? For a new book and a PBS documentary, journalist T. R. Reid, the College’s 2008-09 Nitze Senior Fellow, traveled the world looking for the answer. Reid is a former Washington Post reporter and commentator for National Public Radio. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

February 13 – Lecture
Firoozeh DumasMark Twain Annual Lecture by author/writer Firoozeh Dumas.  Dumas's memoirs, Funny in Farsi and Laughing without an Accent, have received critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She also was runner-up to songwriter Bob Dylan for the 2005 Audie Award for best audio book.  Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

February 16 – Film and Lecture

Film scholars and archivists Patricia Zimmerman and Pam Wintle will screen and discuss a series of films as part of the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies’ film series on the home movie. Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

February 19 – Reading
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, assistant professor of English at Cornell University, is author of the poetry collection Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattapallax, and Shenandoah. Daugherty-Palmer Commons, 8:15 p.m.

February 21 – Academic Competition
Third Annual Southern Maryland Brain Bee, an academic competition for local high school students. Open to the public. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 1 p.m.

February 23 – Film and Lecture
Filmmaker Jennifer Hardacker will screen and discuss her films, including “Ghost Stories,” “For Summers to Come,” and “24.” Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

February 25 – Talk
Author P.W. Singer will discuss his new book Wired for War. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 4:30 p.m.

February 28 – Jazz Festival

Jazz at St. Mary’s College – A Retrospective from Its Beginnings to Now, sponsored by the Alumni Office. Featuring the 1970s Reunion Jazz Ensemble, Bob Levy and Don Stapleson, directors. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 7:30 p.m.

March 2 – Film
“Snow,” part of Democracy in New & Old Europe Film Series, Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

March 5 - Reading

Karen AndersonKaren Leona Anderson, assistant English professor at St. Mary's, whose work has appeared in jubilat, Verse, Indiana Review, Fence, Columbia, Volt, Colorado Review, and other journals.  Daugherty Palmer Commons, 8:15 p.m.

March 7 – Margaret Brent Lecture
President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and former NOW president Eleanor Smeal, this year’s Margaret Brent guest speaker, Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

March 8 – Concert
Golden Age of the Big Band concert. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 3 p.m.

March 9 – Lecture and WorkshopSanto
Master drummer and choreographer Amen Santo will visit the campus to teach capoeira, Afro-Brazilian martial arts. Featured in films “Only the Strong” and “Kick Boxer IV,” Santo’s performances have given the martial art a face for worldwide audiences. Public lecture, Cole Cinema, 4:45 p.m. Workshop, Montgomery Hall 25, 8 p.m.

March 23 - Film
“The Edge of Heaven,” with English subtitles; part of Democracy in New and Old Europe Film Series, Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

March 23-April 10 – Annual Student Art Show
Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall.

March 25 - Talk
Canopy biologist, Nalini Nadkarni, The Evergreen State College, will describe her field research in Washington rain forests and the cloud forests of Costa Rica. In addition to writing extensively on forest canopy ecology, she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship to communicate her research to non-scientists. Schaefer Hall 106, 4:40 p.m.

March 27 – Lecture
Richard Hastings, University of Bangor, Wales, will speak on “Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism.” Goodpaster Hall 195, 3:30 p.m.

March 27 – Lecture
Greg Ball, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, will give a neuroscience seminar. Schaefer Hall 106, 3 p.m.

March 28 – Concert
Piano concert by Brian Ganz. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

March 30 - Lecture
“The Global Superpowers of 2050. (The U.S. won’t be No. 1. Neither will China.)” Predicting is cheap, if it’s just talking. But basing one’s predictions on trends already quietly present takes some care. Come find out on which countries a long-time foreign correspondent for The Washington Post thinks you should place your bets, and why. T.R. Reid is this year’s Nitze Senior Fellow.Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

April 3 – Lecture
“The Transformation of African American Life and the Rise of Barack Obama,” by author and University of Maryland professor Ira Berlin. Berlin, the inaugural speaker of the Alice Fenwick Fleury Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in History, is the author of numerous books and articles on American history and particularly the history of slavery. His 1999 book, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in Mainland North America was awarded the Bancroft Prize by Columbia University for best book in American history. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

Exhibit Tells Tales from the Grave
leadcoffinOver the past six years, Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) has been working closely with scientists at the Smithsonian Institution to develop a unique exhibit that opens in early February at the National Museum of Natural History. Entitled "Written in Bone: Forensic Files from the Colonial Chesapeake," this exhibit will present the fascinating insights obtained from the excavation and study of 17th- and early 18th-century human graves in Maryland and Virginia.

It addresses a wide range of topics, including health, mortuary traditions, age at death, trauma, medical care and diet. The primary focus is on burials excavated at Jamestown and St. Mary's City. A premier component will be the display of the three lead coffins discovered at HSMC's chapel site that held remains of the Calverts, Maryland's founding family. Information from the chapel cemetery, including the lead coffins, is presented and contrasted with evidence found in graves dating to the first decades of settlement at Jamestown. One element is a new facial reconstruction of Anne Wolsley Calvert, found in the middle lead coffin. This effort takes advantage of new methods of facial analysis and reproduction invented since the first image of Anne was created in 1994.

Other agencies providing materials for the exhibit include Anne Arundel County's Lost Towns Project, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, and Colonial Williamsburg.

"This is a unique exhibit that, for the first time, presents the fascinating results of two decades of careful excavation and respectful analysis of grave data," says Henry Miller, HSMC's director of research. "From this effort, we have learned important new stories from the early colonists, stories that are literally written in their bones."

"Written in Bone" is a partnership project of the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology, Jamestown Rediscovery, and Historic St. Mary's City, with funding provided by many organizations including the Historic St. Mary's City Foundation.

Led by Douglas Owsley, one of the premier physical anthropologists in the United States, and his staff, a core team that includes Miller and four Smithsonian staff members has labored to produce the themes, content and illustrations for the exhibit. Content development was aided by Chief Archaeologist Timothy Riordan and Curator Silas Hurry assisted in the selection of artifacts and their preparation for display.

"Written in Bone" is scheduled to run for two years and will be seen by millions of visitors to the Smithsonian. HSMC kicks off its 375th anniversary in 2009 with a symposium focusing on Maryland's beginning on March 28 and the annual Maryland Day ceremony on March 29.

Tenth Annual Women Studies Colloquium
Caution: Women at Work
Originally conceived in 2000 as a way to highlight issues of critical importance to women and to appeal to women both on- and off-campus, this year's Women Studies Colloquium - March 24-26 - will focus on women at work.

womenatworkIn the past, the Colloquium covered a wide variety of topics-from culture wars against women to pornography to transgendered identities-and brought in speakers from many perspectives, including such gregarious and well-known figures as author/artist Kate Bornstein and activist Eleanor Smeal. The Women Studies Colloquium has become one of the premiere scholarly events on campus, whose reputation continues to grow both within the St. Mary's College community as well as the larger local and scholarly communities. In the past five years, there has been standing-room-only at many of the events; the Colloquium has been highlighted in such venues as Ms. Magazine; and participants consistently have moved beyond the "talking heads" model of oral presentation to visit classes, hold brown-bag lunches, and even go kayaking with students on the St. Mary's River.

This year's Colloquium, "Caution: Women at Work," will focus on women's work and challenges to gender equity in the workplace and at home. While women have always worked, their work has largely been confined to the domestic sphere and been unpaid. As this dominant pattern continues to be challenged, can we say that we have truly achieved equality? The Colloquium will explore this question from many different perspectives, including literary, scholarly, and artistic. For details, visit the wgsx web site.

 - Betül Basaran, professor of philosophy and religious studies

The Schedule:

"Mama PhD" - Jennifer Cognard-Black, associate professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Della Fenster, associate professor of mathematics, University of Richmond; Elisabeth Gruner, associate professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Richmond. 8 p.m., March 24, Cole Cinema.

"Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years" - Elizabeth Wayland Barber, professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics, Occidental College. 4:45 p.m., March 25, Cole Cinema.

"Stand-Up Sister!" -  Marga Gomez, stand-up comedian and social critic. 8 p.m., March 25, St. Mary's Hall.

"On Meaningful Work" - Andrea Veltman, assistant professor of philosophy, James Madison University. 4:15 p.m., March 26, Cole Cinema

Roundtable - Roundtable discussion with Barber, Gomez, and Veltman, moderated by Prof. Jennifer Cognard-Black. 8 p.m., March 26, Cole Cinema.